Soda lovers be warned: New York City may soon see a change in its beverage selection. Mayor Michael Bloomberg submitted his proposal to ban large sugary drinks to the city’s board of health this morning. This unprecedented proposal would no longer allow NYC food establishments to sell 16+ ounce sweetened drinks that contain over 25 calories per 8-ounce serving. While New Yorkers are divided on the issue, it’s not hard to see why Bloomberg wants this policy passed—the bottom line is, sweetened drinks just aren’t healthy. The high calorie count of soft drinks comes from sugar, which provides no real nutritional value and contributes to serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.While diet sodas that contain artificial sweeteners aren’t quite as detrimental, studies have shown that the body is more likely to crave and seek out additional calorie sources to make up for the calories that artificial sweeteners promise but don’t deliver. 

For a healthy lifestyle, the best option is to avoid soft drinks and opt for water whenever possible. Having trouble kicking the habit? Try a glass of seltzer water with a lemon or lime wedge. You’ll still be getting your fizzy, sweet fix without the empty calories and caffeine.

Click here to learn more about the health effects of sweetened drinks, or here for more information on diet soft drinks.

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